Chinese manufacturer BYD used the United Motor Coach Association Expo in New Orleans, USA, to unveil the world’s first long-range, 100% pure electric coach.
The two-axle 12m battery-powered BYD C9 seats 47 and â€œhas a range at motorway speeds of over 190 miles,â€ says BYD.
It is the first of three battery-electric coaches BYD will launch globally this year. The other two, the C10 13.7m tri-axle and C6 7m â€œexecutive coachâ€, will be arriving by the end of 2015 and BYD says it is already starting to take orders for all three in North America.
BYD Europe says there are â€œno immediate plansâ€ to introduce the electric coach range in Europe.